July 14, 2016 – The Pokémon Go phenomenon show no sign of stopping, and because of that, police departments are issuing proactive warning country-wide in order to protect the players’ safety.
The biggest mobile game app in U.S. history features an augmented reality feel in which gamers are able to find as well as catch Pokémon creatures in the real world. However, some players are going beyond and above just to catch these pocket monsters. In doing so, they are risking their own physical safety while in the process.
One devoted player wrote on a Reddit page that Pokémon Go put him in the ER one night. According to him, not even thirty minutes after his release from the ER, he slipped and eventually fell down a ditch, which fractured the 5th metatarsal bone in his foot. He even advised other Pokémon Go players to watch where they’re going.
Authorities across the U.S., including the National Parks Association has issued proactive warnings this week in response to the apparent dangers that recently happened while playing Pokémon Go.
Police departments in Miami, Los Angeles, Austin and New York have already released their safety tips list on Wednesday in order to prevent further accidents concerting Pokémon Go, including:
- Stay aware of the surroundings
- Be alert all the time
- Play as a group or in pairs in well-lit places to ensure safety
- Do not ride a bike or skateboard, or drive, or multitask with other device while interacting with the game as you cannot do both safely
- Be cautious to avoid being lured into a bad situation
- Don’t trespass onto others’ private property or go to certain places you usually wouldn’t if you were not playing Pokémon Go
All these warnings seem absolutely necessary since many Pokémon Go-related accidents happened recently.
Texas A and M University police department reported that one play in Texas exited a moving automobile on Monday in order to catch a nearby Pokémon.
And on Tuesday, a 15-year-old girl from Tarentum, Pennsylvania named Autumn Diesroth, was struck by a vehicle after the Pokémon Go app took her across a highway, according to Pittsburgh WPXI.
Diesroth’s mom, Tracy Nolan, advised other parents not to let their kids play Pokémon Go game because she don’t want other moms to go through what she went through.